Renowned Australian model, Instagram “it” girl and Fashion Aid ambassador Monika Clarke has achieved superstar status. The first of The CE Women and the face of The CE’s first campaign, Monika talks to us about true health and what being one of The CE Women means to her.
What does being one of “The CE Women” mean to you?
Being a “CE Woman” is a great opportunity to show young women that being a ‘model’ doesn’t make us any different to anyone else. IT’S HARD to lose weight, maintain weight, eat healthy & exercise! We are human, and it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of mental toughness.
What does being ‘truly healthy’ mean to you?
Being healthy is more than just fuelling your body with the right nutrients and exercising. Having a TRULY healthy body comes with having a positive mind. Yes it’s easier said than done, but self acceptance is the first step.
What do you love about The Body Guide & Handbook?
I love that it’s made for everyone. Someone who knows little about health and fitness, and also someone who knows a lot. It covers every aspect on every topic.
The CE loves to celebrate inspirational women. Who inspires you, and why?
Mothers inspire me. Especially mine. She loves her health and fitness and has kept herself in such great shape even with four kids. She has done so through a lot of hard work and commitment.
Is there anything you dislike and think needs to change in the health and fitness industry?
Fad diets and ‘tea toxes’ are a pet hate of mine. I advise everyone to stay away from these and it frustrates me every time I see a model or health and fitness blogger promote these products.
What makes you feel confident?
I honestly feel my most confident in no makeup and in gym clothes. It’s the real me.
De-stressing, recovering and taking the time to regenerate is often an overlooked aspect of health. What’s your ‘go-to’ regeneration activity?
Going for a walk with some tunes is a big stress relief for me. I also have recently got into the app ‘1 Giant Mind’ to help me learn to shut off more and meditate.
Having ‘strength’ can mean so many things…what does it mean to you?
Having strength is being able to say no, to whatever it may be and standing up for yourself. To say, “I’ve had enough of this lifestyle” or “this person” or “the way I’m being treated”. And saying no to peer pressure. It takes a lot of strength to be able to recognise any of these things and say no.
What’s the best piece of advice you would give to women today?
One of the biggest things I’ve learnt from my industry is that everyone does have a different body shape. It’s never realistic to compare your shape and size to someone else. And trust me; never go by someone’s social media on how their body looks.